Nachusa Grasslands Visitor Use Plan
The Nature Conservancy
Franklin Grove, Illinois
The reintroduction of bison in the landscape has resulted in an increase in visitation at the Nachusa Grasslands Preserve, a 3,000-plus acre preserve in Lee and Ogle Counties, Illinois, owned and operated by The Nature Conservancy. L/KLA lead a team of consultants--Design Management Architects, Wendler Engineering, and Signature Design--to develop the conceptual design and construction drawings for a visitor pavilion. The design incorporates interpretive panels and stone seat walls; associated parking; paths; a composting toilet; a hand pump for water play; a shelter; overflow parking; three shoulder pull-offs; and additional roadside parking areas.
Concept model of the Visitor Pavilion; northwest view
Concept model of the Visitor Pavilion; southeast view
Neabsco Creek Boardwalk
Prince William County, VA
The Neabsco Creek Boardwalk Crossing is a critical linkage of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail connecting Rippon Lodge and Rippon Landing Park with the Metz Wetlands. It will also provide opportunities to link nearby neighborhoods with Neabsco Creek and with each other. The boardwalk crossing will become a regional destination for wildlife viewing, outdoor education and nature appreciation for all ages and abilities.
The boardwalk will provide significant educational opportunities for students ranging from pre-K to graduate school–telling the story of the ebb and flow of Neabsco Creek and its inhabitants through the day, the month, the year, and over our lifetime and beyond. Landing areas at each end of the boardwalk are designed to include orientation space suitable for a classroom with staging areas near each landing to accommodate school field trips. A floating pier at the south landing will allow students of all ages to get up close and personal with the aquatic life of Neabsco Creek.
Permitting for the Boardwalk included a Conditional Letter of Map Revision (FEMA), NEPA, USACOE, and various state and local regulatory approvals. The 3,200-linear foot boardwalk is designed for all ages and abilities, and includes two long span crossings of Neabsco Creek, five additional short span crossings of tributaries, two landings, an observation deck and water level platforms for classroom use. Construction began in fall of 2017. A ribbon cutting event will be held in early June 2019.
Rendering of Neabsco Creek Boardwalk
Aerial view of Neabsco Creek Boardwalk under construction (Credit: Mark Burchick, ESA)
Nature Bridges building the boardwalk using top down construction
Rendering of Neabsco Creek Boardwalk landing
Neabsco Creek Boardwalk under construction
Sumner Campus Redevelopment
As a project subconsultant, L/KLA developed the integrated campus landscape architecture plan and a signature entry design for the multi-year redevelopment of the historic, 30-acre Sumner campus in Bethesda, MD. The team composed work from multiple, ongoing SATOCC Building Task Orders into a comprehensive long-term campus redevelopment plan that recognizes operational budget limitations and is considerate of the capital program. Planning efforts include the integration of historical building friezes removed during demolition, presentations to and interactions with the neighboring community and the successful incorporation of security and accessibility constraints. The multi-phase implementation strategy is integrated with the multi-year campus building program. Elisabeth Lardner was recognized as a key team leader and “go-to” consultant; entrusted with primary client liaison during regulatory reviews, community design development meetings and owner/client design reviews.
The Potomac River palisade setting is reflected n the concept plan which integrates landscape amenities with stormwater management best practices, incorporating the working landscape with the aesthetic landscape. It presents a coherent, attractive, aesthetically pleasing and engaging campus environment respectful of operational needs and secure space requirements.
New Road Corridor Master Plan
New Road, designated as a Delaware Byway in 2015 as part of the Historic Lewes Byway is an important gateway from the Coastal Highway to the City of Lewes. A Corridor Management Plan (CMP) was prepared for the entire Historic Lewes Byway in 2015. The CMP recognizes the need to retain the overall character defining features of the New Road corridor including its farms, forests, wetlands and tributary streams.
However, growth and change are accelerating in and around the City of Lewes. Land use and transportation changes are being proposed throughout the corridor, some of which are imminent. Two large properties, the Groome Church property and Brittingham Farm are currently entering the development process. DelDOT is developing plans for a grade separated intersection for SR 1 at Minos Conaway Road with modifications proposed for New Road that may change travel patterns on New Road. DelDOT is advancing a project to realign Old Orchard Road at Wescoats Corner. Several large privately owned tracts are likely to be developed over the next few years.
NEED FOR THE PLAN
The Historic Lewes Byway CMP calls for conceptual master plans for each of the three entrance corridors that are part of the Byway. The master plan is needed to coordinate and guide land use and transportation projects to help retain the character defining features of the corridor while making the most efficient use of public and private investments. A master plan was funded and completed for Kings Highway and Gills Neck Road in 2016 and is currently being used to guide land use and transportation decisions in a coordinated way.
Similarly, the goal for the New Road Corridor Master Plan is to coordinate public investments and private actions throughout the corridor to guide land use and transportation decisions in a coordinated way. The planning process envisioned for the master plan recommends the formation of an Ad Hoc Stakeholder Committee to identify issues, review preliminary plans and proposals, and provide input and comments on the draft plan. This ad hoc committee has been organized with representation from a broad range of interests along New Road including conservation, owners of large land parcels, neighborhood organizations, businesses, and developers. The schedule at the right provides an overview of the eight month planning process including three meetings with the Stakeholder Committee (SC).
Funding for the New Road Master Plan has been graciously provided by Senator Lopez and Representative Smyk. All the stakeholders along New Road express their appreciation for the assistance in this important project.
Simpson Park Playground + Passive Lawn Renovation
City of Alexandria, VA
L/KLA redesigned the existing playground and passive lawn at Simpson Stadium Park in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. The project entails the reshaping of existing pedestrian circulation paths and street connections; opening up and re-grading the passive lawn for more usable space; incorporating natural play and updating play equipment; developing a planting plan including additional shade trees and a children's garden; and generating a design scheme that will allow for multiple-generation and inclusive passive and active recreation. Public art will be integrated in the design with the inclusion of the artist team May+Watkins Design; this collaboration of design consultant and artist is an unprecedented approach by the City of Alexandria. Construction documents were submitted in summer of 2017, and the project will be completed in 2019. A ribbon cutting event re-opened the playground in March 2019.
Conceptual rendering of the gateway entrance on East Duncan Avenue, at the northwest corner of the Park.
Concept #2 of 3 presented to the community for feedback on May 25, 2015.
Enhancing Bicycling and Walking on Maryland's Scenic Byways and Main Streets
The best practices included within this guide are designed to help those agencies and organizations that are looking to increase multi-modal access to recreation-, nature- and heritage-based travel experiences using Maryland’s system of scenic byways as the organizing spine of those activities. To accomplish this goal, byway sponsors and their partners must overcome some significant issues and challenges that have, in the past, prevented them from accomplishing greater multi-modal connectivity for leisure travel.
This best practices guide is intended to provide information to communities and the designers that they work with on how issues associated with increasing bicycle and pedestrian use of scenic byway corridors (including heritage areas and Maryland Main Streets) can be addressed without detracting from their nationally and regionally significant scenic and historic character defining features.
Utah's Scenic Byways draft Context Map
Best practices guide concept plan for connecting Brunswick, Maryland with the C&O Canal Trail across MARC railroad tracks
Watkins Regional Park Master Plan
M-NCPPC, Prince George's County, MD
The Maryland-National Capital Park Planning Commission selected L/KLA and team consultants to prepare a master plan for Watkins Regional Park located in Upper Marlboro, Prince George's County, MD. Park inventories and analyses, facility and maintenance surveys, staff interviews, public meetings, and on-line surveys will provide direction and perspective in solidifying a framework and vision for the park. Areas of focus include park circulation, parking, revenue and use analysis, park amenities and siting, events and programming, inventory and protection of natural resources, and infrastructure needs.
Draft inventory of existing parking spaces and pavilions at the park ballfields.
Town of Rock Hall Waterfront Master Plan
Rock Hall’s waterfront is a treasured place in the hearts and minds of many residents and visitors to the area. Many have spent most of their lives there, working the water to make a living. Others know it for the famous Fourth of July fireworks, its Pirates and Wenches Weekend and New Year’s Eve celebrations.
The purpose of the Town of Rock Hall Waterfront Master Plan is to help guide future changes to enhance waterfront areas while maintaining the strong sense of place that makes Rock Hall’s waterfront unique and special. The plan focuses on the currently zoned Maritime Water Dependent (MWD) and Maritime Commercial (MC) districts located roughly between Walnut Street and Chesapeake Avenue. The plan also addresses the linkages to and from Rock Hall’s Main Street and other nearby attractions and services.
The overall goals of this grant-funded project are:
• To develop strategies (Action Plan) for the retention and expansion of water-dependent businesses;
• To identify options for expanding waterfront access to working watermen, visitors and Town residents alike; and
• To evaluate the compatibility and suitability of existing and proposed land uses, infrastructure, facilities and services.
City of Alexandria Open Space Master Plan
2017 Updated Implementation Strategy
A Plan for Action 2016-2017
Bellevue Village Master Plan
Journey Through Hallowed Ground
VA, PA, MD
Rappahannock Station Battlefield
Fauquier County, VA
Anacostia Riverwalk Trail -
Washington, DC & Maryland
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